Saturday, March 8, 2014
In a conference call with pastors today, conservative political consultant Frank Schubert called Maine's vote on gay marriage "very critical" because if it passes here, gay activists in other states will go directly to voters.
"For the first time in history, gay activists have gone to the ballot themselves," he said, according to the audio of the call posted on Good As You, a gay website. "If they are successful, this will open up a whole new front in the marriage battle nationally. It's a very critical fight in Maine."
Schubert talked with pastors in the four states where votes on gay marriage will take place Nov. 6. In Maryland and Washington, voters will decide whether to uphold gay marriage laws passed by their legislatures and signed into law by their Democratic governors.
And in Minnesota, Schubert said it took 10 years to get a "marriage protection amendment" -- a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman -- on the ballot.
Carroll Conley of Protect Marriage Maine gave a quick overview of the issue here and said he's concerned that if gay marriage passes, it could encourage the Supreme Court to look favorably on it when it considers two cases next year. He also said he was "encouraged here in Maine" because pastors are giving sermons on marriage and have a lot of influence in small towns.
The hour-long teleconference also includes comments from moderator Jim Garlow, a San Diego pastor who was involved in the Prop 8 vote in California. He gives a biblical perspective for opposition to gay marriage. His comments start around the 34 minute mark.Tweet
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